Catalogue of The Famous Collection of Old Master Drawings formed by the last Henry Oppenheimer, Esq., F. S. A., of 9 Kensington Palace Gardens, W.8
by Holmes, C. J.
London: Christie, Manson & Woods, 1936. Hardcover. G- (Book is substantially aged, with handwritten title on the seemingly makeshift taped spine; hinges are loose and book divides itself where signatures are loosening; pages are tanning and all are present; a few handwritten notes in ink at some entries; book could be rebound nicer.). Tan paper boards with tan cloth tape spine, 219 pp., BW illus. Hand-written on spine: Drawings of Old Masters. Issued in conjunction with a three-day auction of 459 lots of drawings by Old Masters, as once assembled by London collector Henry Oppenheimer (1859-1932). With a two-page introduction by C. J. Holmes. "No existing private collector, I think, possessed so rich an aggregate of drawings by the Italian Masters. In drawings by the Masters of France, Germany and the Netherlands, Henry Oppenheimer had no rival in this Country. Owing to the proportion of works by early masters, his collection possessed the rare merit of illustrating the growth of Art in Europe from the early Renaissance to the present day. Had it been transferred en bloc to some city or institution, it would, by itself, have formed a ready-made Department of Prints and Drawings. ... Drawings, in fact, have come back to favour as private possessions, and ceased to be museum specimens. Indeed it would be rather sad if the delight which Henry Oppenheimer experienced in forming and talking over his collections were not to be inherited by many Art lovers of the next generation, instead of by the comparatively few who can spend their leisure in Print-Rooms." (intro).
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